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West Point on the Eno River, Durham

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West Point on the Eno River, Durham, North Carolina NC

Description

West Point on the Eno River has a little-cabin-in-the-woods charm. Immediately upon entering, you see a historic farmhouse, tobacco packhouse, and mill, spread out around a park with picnic tables and plenty of trees. The mill can grind corn flour and wheat flour. It's fun for kids to stand on the bridge and watch the water flowing past the mill. Continue on and you come to a long dam across the river, like a waterfall, created to change the height of the water so that the water flow by the mill will be strong. People launch canoes here and it's fun to watch them paddle upriver. A very short trail through the forest- perfect for kids- starts here. Stop and check out the tee pee in a clearing. At the end, check out the logs in a circle. They look like an area for a bonfire, but are actually play equipment, a natural playground.
Another spot to check out on the Eno River is Turtle Hole (also called Sennett Hole), just west half a mile (but an 8 minute drive), where you will find a swimming hole amid some rocks. It is accessed at the end of Landis Drive. I don't know how clean the water is.
Next, head to Madhatters Cafe and Bakeshop, near Duke East Campus, for a bite to eat. It is a 13 minute drive south.
Nearby, check out Museum of Life and Science, the nicest place to go with kids in Durham. Don't miss out on this beautiful and exciting place, which is mostly outdoors, so come when the weather is good. On hot days, you can cool of at their Into The Mist exhibit.

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Picnic tables, and farmhouse in the distance.
Picnic tables, and farmhouse in the distance.
Historic tobacco packing house.
Historic tobacco packing house.
Little cabin in the woods...
Little cabin in the woods...
Picnic pavilion with BBQ.
Picnic pavilion with BBQ.
The workings of the mill.
The workings of the mill.
Bridge by the mill.
Bridge by the mill.
It's fun to watch the water from the bridge by the mill.
It's fun to watch the water from the bridge by the mill.
The mill.
The mill.
Bridge by the mill.
Bridge by the mill.
Man sitting on a bench in the park.
Man sitting on a bench in the park.
Gear of the mill.
Gear of the mill.
The pretty water.
The pretty water.
Tree roots on the hike.
Tree roots on the hike.
Tee pee in the forest.
Tee pee in the forest.
Natural log play area in the forest.
Natural log play area in the forest.
Very short loop forest walk.
Very short loop forest walk.
   

Directions

West Point on the Eno is located at 5101 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704. There is a dirt/gravel parking lot under trees.

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Last Updated: Sat, 25 May 2019 20:41:27 GMT